Di Carlo, Biagio
Read here about a designer and researcher active in the field of tensegrity construction and research. There is also a page in Italian, here: Di Carlo, Biagio Italian.
About Biagio Di Carlo
BIAGIO DI CARLO, architect A short CV updated at december 2020
Biagio Di Carlo (1950) has been teaching for years at the Art Institute of Pescara. Now he is retired and works full time at its 'Design Science Studio' carrying out plans and researches on design science structures in bamboo and 'arundo donax’ cane. Known nationally and internationally for his publications and studies regarding ‘Design Science Structures’, architect Biagio Di Carlo received his degree in Architecture in 1976 from the University of Pescara. His thesis, written under the advisement of Eduardo Vittoria, received the maximum possible score and was published. Since then he has been invited to hold workshops, lectures and seminars in the following places: faculty of architecture of Pescara and Ascoli Piceno, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Milan, fac. engineering of Bergamo, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, AIB (Associazione Italiana Bambù) Viareggio-Camaiore, fac. arch. of Oaxaca in Mexico in 2011, meeting 'Leonardo 2013 at Geres Perdizes in Portugal and at Vinci in 2003. Workshops in Enschede and Delft in the Netherlands in 2013, workshop at the fac. arch. Puebla de Zaragoza in Mexico 2014, workshop at the ‘Instituto de Artes Visuales del estado de Puebla (Mexico 2014), workshops and realization of the first big ellipsoidal bamboo dome 'guadua' at Tlamaya Grande in Mexico in 2014, workshop at the fac. engineering of L’Aquila (2014) with the construction of a ellipsoidal bamboo geodesic dome (similar to the dome of Tlamaya). Milano aprile 2015, workshop at SuperstudioPiù, being invited by the ‘Fondazione Michelangeolo Pistoletto’. Roma 2015, workshop at Kalipè & Beyond Architecture Group. Modena 2015, workshop at Marano sul Panaro at the Ecovillaggio ‘Tempo di Vivere’. Crotone 2015, theatrical performance 'Harmonices Mundi' at the Archaeological Park 'Pythagoras' of Capo Colonna, with the construction of a geodesic dome in arundo donax. Perugia 2015, workshop at Passignano sul Trasimeno with the construction of the first 10m ellipsoidal bamboo geodesic dome with octahedral simmetry. Feb. 2016, conference on the theme: ‘Bamboo Tensegrity Structures’ at Bratislava, APLIMAT 2016, Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology. Montenero di Bisaccia (TE) 2016, workshop on a bamboo geodesic dome. Numana (AN) 2016, workshop with the construction of my first 12m in diameter bamboo geodesic dome. L’Aquila (2016) workshop at the ‘Festival della Partecipazione’ with a reciprocal frame tower. Spoltore (PE) 2016, construction of a bamboo geodesic dome to be used for videomapping. Osimo (AN) 2016, workshop on a bamboo geodesic dome. Milano 2017, conference on the theme ‘Strutture e scienza del Design’ at the Politecnico di Milano. Porto, Portugal 2017, workshop on the reciprocal sphere game and presentation of the book ‘Avventure nel regno dei triangoli’ for the ‘Ludic Architecture’ meeting. Pescara, fac. of Architecture. Workshop on a reciprocal frame geodesic sphere. Rome, January 2018. Speaker at the conference linked to the exhibition of the polyhedra by Adriano Graziotti. Alanno (PE) April 2018. Workshop at the Istituto Tecnico Agrario, with realization of a bamboo shading geodesic dome. Turin, San pietro in Vincoli cultural space, 13-14 October 2018, bamboo dome sectioned at 5/9 of sphere and assembled in 5 hours by 20 volunteers of all ages, in collaboration with the scenographer Paola Bizzarri. The dome was used to set up the '100 years of peace' exhibition at the Sereno Regis study center in Turin.. Milano 13 may 2019, conference ‘Harmony in space’ held at the Politecnico inside the ‘Faces of Geometry’ international congress. Pescara 20/05/2019 paperboard double layer geodesic dome, workshop at the faculty of Architecture. Cologna (TE) 24/05/19 workshop for an 8m bamboo reciprocal frame geodesic dome. Providence (USA) Design Science Symposium RISD / SNEC, September 20-22, 2019. Workshop held at Nature Lab. about rotegrities and reciprocal frames, together with Joseph Clinton. The Design Science Award was given to: Joseph Clinton, Michael Ben-Eli and Biagio Di Carlo. November 2019: inclusion of the article 'Harmony in Space' on the book Faces of Geometry. From Agnesi to Mirzakhani. Springer, 2019. November 2019: Casalincontrada (CH), CED Terra, Workshop on a geodesic structure with reciprocal frame joint made of local arundo donax cane, curated by Gianfranco Conti and the boys of the Servizio Civile. April-may 2020: interview and video by Dip. di Ing. Civile e Arch.(DICAR) , Politecnico di Bari together with SICSA - Archi.Mars, from Huston University, on theme SPACE ARCHITECTURE. 19-20 september 2020, workshop in Fossalta di Piave (VE): bamboo geodesic dome with Leonard RF joint, diameter 12m, project for the onlus association ‘La CasaRossa’. Tessano (CS), 10 ottobre 2020, Bamboo geodesic dome with Leonard RF joint and conclusive conference about Design Science Structures and sustainability.
He has published articles in italian and international journals for architecture, such as: Dome Magazine, Bioarchitettura, l’Architettura Naturale, Spazio Architettura, Nexus Network Journal, ZRAlt!, Revista Digital Apuntes De Arquitectura. He is also the author of several books on design science structures (lulu.com editions):
POLIEDRI, 2010 POLIEDRI E SEZIONE AUREA, 2010 STRUTTURE GEODETICHE, 2010 STRUTTURE GEODETICHE ELLISSOIDICHE, 2010 TENSEGRITY WORLD (with preface by Kenneth Snelson), 2012 STRUTTURE E SCIENZA DEL DESIGN, 2011 BAMBU’ ARUNDO DONAX E SCIENZA DEL DESIGN, 2013 STRUTTURE RECIPROCHE E GEOMETRIA SINERGETICA (with preface by Olga Popovic Larsen), 2010 RECIPROCAL FRAMES, 2015 english edition LA CUPOLA DI TLAMAYA, 2014 LA CUPULA DE TLAMAYA, 2014 spanish edition LA CUPOLA DEL TERZO PARADISO, 2015 BAMBOO TENSEGRITY STRUCTURES, 2016 CUPOLE DI BAMBU’, 2016 LA SCIENZA DEL DESIGN, 2017 AVVENTURE NEL REGNO DEI TRIANGOLI, 2017 LA CUPOLA DEL CENTRO STUDI SERENO REGIS DI TORINO, 2019 LA CUPOLA A ROMBI, 2020
LE CUPOLE GEODETICHE DI ADRIANO GRAZIOTTI ( together with the engineer Claudio Lanzi), 2012. Simmetria edizioni, Roma. POLYHEDRA , 2012. (A classification of polyhedra by Graziotti, together with engineer Claudio Lanzi and with prof. Silvio Maracchia). Simmetria Edizioni, Roma.
Books in italian: Tensegrity (2010, out of print), Strutture Tensegrali (2008, out of print). Tensegrity World (2012, in italian with a preface by Kenneth Snelson). Book in english: Bamboo Tensegrity Structures (2016)
He keeps in touch with people included in his bibliographies and interviews and in his website. His main purpose is to expand the interest on this field as wide as possible. His article “Reciprocal Frames” (N.34 Nov- Dec. 2003) appeared in the review “BIOARCHITETTURA” and was the first Italian article on this subject. In 2008, the international review “Nexus Network Journal”.(Vol 10,1)- Williams Kim, Birkhauser published the article: “The Wooden roofs of Leonardo and the new structural research”. The issue reports about the international meeting “Leonardo 2003- Architecture and Mathematics” held in Vinci in the year 2003.
The books of Biagio Di Carlo may be purchased at http://stores.lulu.com/biagiodicarlo
Known internationally for his publications and studies regarding ‘Design Science Structures’, architect Biagio Di Carlo received his degree in Architecture in 1976 from the University of Pescara. His thesis, written under the advisement of Eduardo Vittoria, received the maximum possible score and was published. Since then he has been invited to hold workshops, lectures and seminars at the architectural faculties of Pescara and Ascoli Piceno, the engineering faculty of the University of Bergamo, AIB in Viareggio, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, national meeting on mathematics in Castel San Pietro, Bologna-Italy, the Royal Academy of fine Arts in Copenhagen, the faculty of Architecture of Oaxaca in Mexico, the international meeting on Leonardo Da Vinci in Perdizes, Portugal, Enschede Bridge 2013 in Holland, Symmetry festival Delft, Holland.
Di Carlo sees tensegrity as one of four best practices, including polyhedra, geodesic domes and reciprocal frames. He renders these in the ideographic tetrahedron as follows:
Through this work Di Carlo aims to raise awareness of these forms and design science in general.
Design Science Tetrahedron (DST)
The DST was published for the first time in 2004 on the book 'CUPOLE GEODETICHE' (now out of print). The english version was presented for the first time at the Delft Symmetry Festival (2013) on the paper 'DESIGN SCIENCE STRUCTURES'.
In this ideographic synthesis topics will refer to the following four structural families with the sacred geometry and the golden section as common denominators: 1) Platonic and archimedean solids; 2) the geodesic structures by Richard Buckminster Fuller; 3) the tensegrity structures by Kenneth Snelson; 4) the reciprocal frames by Leonardo da Vinci. The polyhedral space modules related to design science represent the starting point for a correct artistic and scientific design. When we follow the rules existing at the micro, medium and macro scales, we are in line with the natural method that characterizes design science.//Leonardo da Vinci wrote: ‘Learn first patience and then the science that comes from it, and then the art that comes from that science and that patience’.//
Biagio Di Carlo publishes in English and Italian.
Di Carlo has published articles in italian and international journals for architecture, such as Bioarchitettura, l’Architettura Naturale, Spazio Architettura, Dome Magazine and the Nexus Network Journal. He is also the author of several books, including Polyhedra (2012) in collaboration with Claudio Lanzi and Silvio Maracchia, Le cupole geodetiche di Adriano Graziotti (in collaboration with engineer Claudio Lanzi), Strutture Reciproche (2012), with an introduction by Olga Popovic Larsen, Strutture e scienza del design (2011), Le coperture lignee di Leonardo e la nuova ricerca strutturale (2010), Poliedri (2005), Poliedri e sezione aurea (2005), Strutture Geodetiche (2004), Strutture Geodetiche Ellissoidiche (2004), Bambu’ Arundo Donax e scienza del Design (2013) and Tensegrity World (2013), with an introduction by Kenneth Snelson.
He keeps in touch with people included in his bibliographies and interviews and in his website. His main purpose is to expand the interest on this field as wide as possible. His article “Reciprocal Frames” (N.34 Nov- Dec. 2003) appeared in the review “BIOARCHITETTURA”. It was the first Italian article on this subject. In 2008, the international review “Nexus Network Journal”.(Vol 10,1)- Williams Kim, Birkhauser published the article: “The Wooden roofs of Leonardo and the new structural research”. The issue reports about the international meeting “Leonardo 2003- Architecture and Mathematics” held in Vinci in the year 2003..
The books of Biagio Di Carlo may be purchased at http://stores.lulu.com/biagiodicarlo and https://www.amazon.com/Biagio-Di-Carlo/e/B0045B4C0Y/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1543045700&sr=1-2-ent
De-resonated Tensegrity Structures
Biagio Di Carlo studies non-resonant tensegrity structures, also known as rigid tensegrities, by linking them to reciprocal frames.
Selected Readings by Di Carlo
Tensegrity by Di Carlo, In Italian http://www.lulu.com/shop/biagio-di-carlo/tensegrity-world/paperback/product-20484990.html
Links and References
Di Carlo's main website, []
Di Carlo writes or blogs here in Italian: http://xoomer.virgilio.it/strutturesinergetiche/HOME.html